Additional Volunteers Needed for the OB Holiday Parade

December 2, 2016 by Staff

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Organizers for the OB Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3rd (tomorrow) need additional volunteers to help with the parade.

Volunteers will need to show up at the OB Rec Center at 2pm.

Volunteers are needed :

  • Barricade Brigade volunteers (as many as possible) – Shift 2pm to 4:30pm (can then go to watch the parade)
  • Staging Area – help parade floats into their staging areas – 2pm to 6pm
    (if you are on a float- you can help out in your staging area and then proceed on your float!)
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The Holidays Take Over Ocean Beach

December 1, 2016 by Staff
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The holidays have definitely taken over Ocean Beach, what with the arrival of Santa Thursday morning, all the way from the North Pole to visit the children of OB Elementary School.

The Christmas Tree at the foot of Newport is up – albeit a little shaky. There’s the hilarious auction, the Holiday Parade, the Craft Fairs, and the very important Food and Toy Drive.

Here’s more details of just what exactly is happening during the upcoming weeks.

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“The Year of the Pier with Holiday Cheer” – Celebrating 50 Years – 2016

November 29, 2016 by Staff

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From the OB Town Council –
OB for the Holidays

The Ocean Beach Town Council facilitates several local community events during the holiday season: the OB Holiday Parade; the OB Holiday Tree at the foot of Newport Avenue; the OB Holiday Craft Fairs; Restaurant Walk (with OBMA), the OB Holiday Auction, and the OB Food and Toy Drive.

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37th Annual OB Holiday Parade – Sat., Dec. 3rd – “The Year of the Pier”

November 29, 2016 by Staff

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The 37th Annual OB Holiday Parade will take place on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 at 5:05pm (OB time), and it will feature over 100 entries celebrating Ocean Beach’s unique vibe.

This year’s theme is “The Year of the Pier with Holiday Cheer – Celebrating 50 Years!”

The OB Town Council is one of the principle sponsors of the parade. Here is what they say on their website:

For over 30 years, our quaint little surfing village of Ocean Beach has hosted one of the best Holiday Parades in SoCal. On Saturday, December 3rd, Newport Avenue is lined with colorful OBceans and visitors all eagerly awaiting the big event to commence at 5:05pm.

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Tuesday, Nov. 29th: Clinton Ahead by 2.33 Million Popular Votes

November 29, 2016 by Staff

As part of our daily public service announcements, it is now declared that today – Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Hillary Clinton is now ahead of Trump by 2,332,745 votes in the popular vote count total.

Since Tuesday, November 22nd, Clinton’s lead over Trump has increased by over half a million votes, exactly 578,541.

COME INSIDE FOR LINK TO 2016 NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE TRACKER

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The OB Rag’s Thanksgiving Appeal for Donations – Keep the Press Local and Free

November 22, 2016 by Staff

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Our Goal is $2,000 – We Now Need Another $600

Last Friday, Nov. 18, the OB Rag began a week of fund-raising, appealing to our readers and supporters to help us with our costs. With a goal is to raise $2,000 over the week, we now have reached $1405. We’re hoping to cover the remaining $600 this week.

Here’s why we need that much. Over the last 6 months, here is what we have spent from our shoe-string budget:

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OB Historical Society Presents: A Great Point Loma Preservationist – Lyman J. Gage

November 15, 2016 by Staff

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Ocean Beach Historical Society Presents:

Lyman J. Gage… A Great Man, By John Noble

Thurs. Nov. 17, 7 pm
P.L. United Methodist Church, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B.

Local landscape designer, John Noble, will present his program about Lyman J. Gage, the 42nd United States Secretary of the Treasury, who was an active preservationist in Point Loma – and namesake for a local street.

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Frank Gormlie: “We Need a Culture of Resistance” to Get Us Through the Time of Trump

November 14, 2016 by Staff
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OB Rag editor Frank Gormlie spoke at Sunday’s San Diego Free Press contributors’ meeting Sunday, Nov. 13th, on developing a “culture of resistance” and the renewed importance of a free and progressive press, now that Trump is president-elect.

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Standing Rock Solidarity Action at San Diego Army Corps of Engineers – Tues., Nov. 15th

November 14, 2016 by Staff
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On Tuesday, November 15th, Native Americans, environmentalists, and nurses will stage a protest at the San Diego Army Corps of Engineers office as part of a national day of action calling on the Army Corps and President Obama to revoke permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline.

There will be speakers – including local Native American leaders who’ve traveled to Standing Rock – and music. Organizers will sign and deliver individual postcards to the Army Corps.

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Groundbreaking for People’s New Organic Cafe and Juice Bar

November 14, 2016 by Staff
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There was a groundbreaking event for People’s Organic Food store’s new organic cafe and juice bar on Saturday, November 12th. It will be located just east of the market, where Tiny’s bar used to stand.

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Battle Over Plaza de Panama Heats Up – Report Claimed to Reveal Naming Rights Agreement for Irwin Jacobs

November 14, 2016 by Staff

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The battle over Balboa Park, the new design for the Panama bridge and the controversy over the Plaza de Panama project, is going on today, Monday, November 14th down at City Hall.

Preservationists have mobilized their forces this morning to the City Council Chambers.

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San Diego 2016 Progressive Voter Guide

November 7, 2016 by Staff

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The editors of the OB Rag and the San Diego Free Press are pleased to present our 2016 General Election Progressive Voter Guide.

We believe this is a historic election, one that will set the course of the United States for decades to come. If there ever was an election where voting was important — this is it.

The candidacy of Donald Trump is no accident. It is a consequence of decades of building a constituency for a market-driven political economy by capitalizing on fear, bias, and ignorance.

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West Point Loma Apartments Sell for $2.15 Million

November 7, 2016 by Staff

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Lou Hirsh at the San Diego Business Journal reported that an 8-unit apartment complex at 4774 West Point Loma Blvd just sold for $2.15 million. The large building sits on a busy street, right next to a gas station at arguably OB’s busiest intersection.

The complex was sold by Marsha Swanson of San Diego, who reportedly is its original owner, and who recently did some exterior renovations. The buyers were Neel Pujara of Carlsbad and Green Storm LLC of La Palma.

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Ocean Beach Planning Board Takes on Ebers Project and Newport Ave. Improvements

November 2, 2016 by Staff

Board Meets Tonight – Wed., Nov. 2nd

The OB Planning Board meets tonight, Wednesday, November 2nd, and on top of their action items is the controversial Ebers and Greene project (2269 Ebers Street). The Board plans to review the status of the project and take action if necessary. It is unknown to us whether city staff or the owner of the project will be present at the meeting.

The Board meets at 6 pm in the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue.

Also on the action agenda is the Newport Avenue “striping and street improvement recommendations”, during which the Board will discuss the results from a number of workshops, discussions and meetings on improvements to the main commercial drag in the village. The Board is then expected to “formulate recommendations” on the improvements to be taken to the city.

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Opponents of Measure J to Rally Tuesday, Nov. 1st at Mission Bay

November 1, 2016 by Staff
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Opponents of Measure J on the San Diego ballot are rallying today, Tuesday, November 1st, at Mission Bay. Opponents include former City Councilmember Ed Harris, the Surfrider Foundation, the Pacific Beach Town Council, and the Pacific Beach Planning Group.

From the group’s press release, they state:

The proposed measure is a terrible idea for both the public and the City of San Diego.

The lack of community involvement, the proponents lack of disclosure of its full implications, the reallocation of Mission Bay Park commercial lease revenue, and the City Council’s ability to add contiguous park acreage to Mission Pay Park, and therefore open the door to more commercial development, makes voting “No” on Measure J an easy choice.

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Celebrate the OB Rag’s 9th Birthday!

October 31, 2016 by Staff

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The OB Rag just celebrated its 9th birthday this past weekend. The online newspaper for Ocean Beach got its start in late October 2007 when Patty Jones and Frank Gormlie got serious about creating a political blog for OB.

The online OB Rag is a take-off of the original grassroots underground newspaper, the OB People’s Rag, which began publishing in 1970 – and continued for 6 years. Gormlie was the original publisher of the newspaper. The 9th anniversary was quietly celebrated over the weekend with champagne amidst a small crowd of Rag Ocean Beach supporters at a house above Sunset Cliffs.

Here are some excerpts from our “About” page: …

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Save the Date! OB Planning Board to Discuss Ebers and Greene Project – Wed., Nov. 2nd

October 31, 2016 by Staff

The next Ocean Beach Planning Board regular meeting will discuss this controversial project at Ebers and Greene Streets in northeast OB.

All meetings are open to the public. Unless otherwise noted in the agenda, the meeting will be held at:

Ocean Beach Recreation Center
4726 Santa Monica Ave
San Diego CA 92107
Wednesday November 2, 6PM

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Special San Diego City Council Hearing on Short Term Vacation Rentals – Tues., Nov. 1st

October 31, 2016 by Staff
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The San Diego City Council will hold a Special Hearing on short-term vacation rentals in single family residential zones on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in Golden Hall. Due to the anticipated interest, Golden Hall will open at 9:00 a.m., and public comment on the issue will be limited to one minute per person. (Golden Hall is in the same complex as City Hall.)

It is greatly anticipated that the hearing will focus on an edit to the San Diego Municipal Code proposed by Councilwomen Sheri Lightner and Lori Zapf during a press conference last Friday, October 28th, an edit they say will address community concerns about the vacation rentals in single family neighborhoods. The edit will clarify that STVRs are currently not permitted in Single Family Residential neighborhoods.

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Annual Green Spooktacula at the Ocean Beach Green Center – Sat., Oct. 29th

October 26, 2016 by Staff

Annual Green Spooktacula

at the Ocean Beach Green Center

Co-Hosted by The Climate Mobilization Coalition

Saturday October 29th

2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Music, Speakers, Refreshments, Raffle, Bake Sale

costume contest!

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Halloween in OB

October 26, 2016 by Staff

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The Big Pumpkin makes an appearance on Santa Monica Avenue.

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Help Locate and Identify Torrey Pines in Ocean Beach and Point Loma

October 26, 2016 by Staff
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There is a group in Ocean Beach that is working to locate and identify Torrey Pines in OB and throughout the Peninsula.

Friends of Peninsula Trees are nominating Torreys for an Historical Heritage Tree designation – which gives them added protection if granted.

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OB Town Council Meeting Wednesday, October 26th

October 25, 2016 by Staff

obtc-iconThe OB Town Council is holding its regular public meeting on Wednesday, October 26th. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm and usually runs until 8:30 pm or so.

The meeting will be held at the Masonic Center, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. in Ocean Beach, CA 92107.

The formal agenda has not been made available when this was posted. See their website for updates.

New officers for the Board ought to be announced.

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City to Remove Monterey Cypress Tree on 4800 Block of Del Mar in Ocean Beach

October 24, 2016 by Staff
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The OB Rag today – Friday, October 21st – received a courtesy message that the City will be removing a Monterey Cypress tree at 4866 Del Mar Avenue on Friday, October 28th.

According to Anthony Santacroce, Senior Public Information Officer for the city, arborists –

“… have diagnosed it as dead and decaying at the roots, trunk and branches as well as suffering from a preponderance of wood boring insects. The assessments recommend the tree be removed immediately, as it cannot be rehabilitated and poses a public safety risk to both lives and property.”

Here is the message:

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San Diego Poised to Act on Short Term Vacation Rentals

October 24, 2016 by Staff

stvr-image-aug016-ed2Residents of the coastal neighborhoods who have been fighting short term vacation rentals (STVRs) are happy right now – relatively speaking – as it appears that the City of San Diego is finally posed to act on them.

One of the key organizations in this fight is Save San Diego Neighborhoods, and they are trying to mobilize their supporters for two critical meetings coming up, October 25th and November 1st.

From SSDN website:

First, on Tuesday, October 25, the Community Planners Committee (CPC) meeting will host City Council President Sherri Lightner. The CPC meets from 7 to 9 pm. at the Metropolitan Op. Ctr. II Auditorium, 9192 Topaz Way, San Diego.

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OBcentric Design Charrette – Tuesday, Oct. 25th

October 24, 2016 by Staff
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The “Movers and Shakers of Ocean Beach” are invited to an OBcentric design charrette – a local event on Tuesday, October 25th from 6-8pm, being hosted by the OB Planning Board and Main Street Association.

The charrette is is part of a month long celebration of architecture and design, Archtoberfest, sponsored by the AIA of San Diego.

This is a follow up to the Newport Visioning workshop held on August 24th, and will be held at Steve Lombardi’s Office, 5035 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107

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OBceans Mobilize Against Project at Ebers and Greene – Town Hall Meeting Planned Soon

October 17, 2016 by Staff

ob-ebers-protest-screenshot-ch8Sixty OB residents rallied on Saturday, October 15th against the Nelco Property’s project at Ebers and Greene Streets. With signs, speakers and spirit, OBceans showed their displeasure with the troubled project.

Several TV stations showed up at the protest organized by local residents and the OB Rag. Allison and Mick Rush were introduced by MC Frank Gormlie to the crowd as the couple that got the ball rolling in standing up to the project.

Gormlie called on Mayor Faulconer to order a “Work Stoppage” as was done at the Emerson-Evergreen project in Point Loma.

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Mid-October Progressive Calendar for Ocean Beach and San Diego

October 13, 2016 by Staff
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Mid-October Events in Ocean Beach

October 26 Wednesday 7:00 pm OB Town Council Meeting
The OB Town Council hosts its October public meeting. Regular speakers include local leaders, political, business and law enforcement and public safety representatives, as well as members from all corners of the Ocean Beach community. Whether you’re a long-time OB-cean or just want to learn more about OB, all are welcome! The OBTC meets at the Masonic Center, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. San Diego, 92107; info@obtowncouncil.org

October 29th Saturday 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Annual Green Spooktacula Come and celebrate with us at our annual Halloween fundraiser. This year’s event will be co-sponsored by the SD Climate Mobilization Coalition. All speakers will be dedicated to the climate crisis and it’s solutions. Also we will have the usual great music, food, beverages and good vibes. Come in costume as a historical figure for the cause, political villain, or as yourself! Free Event! oceanbeachgreencenter@gmail.com 619.225.1083

Every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a. Oct 15th, Oct 22nd, Oct 29th. Climate Mobilization Coalition Meeting Ocean Beach People’s Cooperative Community Room, 4765 Voltaire Street. Come help plan for the upcoming Climate Action events. Contact:oceanbeachgreencenter@gmail.co
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Activist-Photographer Fred Lonidier’s Photos of 1972 Anti-War Protest Part of Museum of Contemporary Arts Exhibit

October 10, 2016 by Staff
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Way back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, there were very active social movements stirring in San Diego – and across the country. Here in San Diego, there was always this one guy -the “movement photographer” on the scene – Fred Lonidier, with his long-lens camera dangling from his neck, always there to record it all.

There was one particular and historic event in May of 1972 where 88 students and supporters were arrested for peacefully sitting down in front of the local Naval District HQ in protest of the Vietnam war. Fred Lonidier was also there – but he only had 29 shots remaining in his camera. So, he took 29 photos of those being arrested that day.

And now those 29 photos are part of a larger exhibit, called The Uses of Photography, currently at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla.

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Protest the Project at Ebers and Greene – Rally & Speakers Saturday, October 15th – Noon

October 7, 2016 by Staff

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The owner-developer of the project still under construction at the corner of Ebers and Greene was able to begin building without any review by the OB Community Planning Board or any review by the California Coastal Commission. —- He did this by calling a full 2-story house as an “addition” to an already existing house – and the City’s Development Services Division allowed it.

Rally & Speakers

Saturday, October 15th – Noon
at corner of Ebers & Greene

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As Trump’s Shadow Grows Over the Land – Let’s Plant the Seeds of Revolution

October 4, 2016 by Staff
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By Jeeni Criscenzo

Last month the OB Rag had a survey asking what people would do if Trump is elected president. Since my husband’s parents were from Mexico, and we have friends in Baja, we have had conversations about moving across the border, even before the possibility that Trump could become our next president was considered anything but ludicrous. Now, that possibility is neither far-fetched nor funny.

A year ago our reason to consider leaving San Diego was more for financial reasons and for now, at least, we have under control. Mexico might be more affordable, but are plenty of other issues that convinced us to take a move there off the table. Now, it’s back.

There is a conversation in JRR Tolkein’s “Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring”, in the second chapter (The Shadow of the Past) where Gandalf explains that The Shadow has returned and this time it is Frodo who must confront it: …

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