Here’s the List of Top 10 Groups Lobbying Our Government – and There’s Not One Union on It

July 31, 2015 by Staff

elections hands cashThere’s a group called MapLight and they keep accounts of which lobbying organizations are in our government’s face – in Congress and at federal agencies – lobbying. MapLight is a 501(c)3 research organization that tracks money’s influence on politics.

Here’s their most recent report – issued July 30, 2015, on the second quarter lobbying expenses for this year – and check it out – we’re always told by the mainstream media that government officials are pressured by labor as well as by corporate lobbyists – that union money is equal to corporate money during elections. You can see by the following list that is patently untrue – at least for this quarter: …

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OB’s “Pizza Port” Helps Place San Diego on the Pizza Map

July 30, 2015 by Staff
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San Diego Is Number 8 on TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Pizza Cities

OB’s own Pizza Port helped push San Diego onto the nation’s pizza map. According to a list just issued by TripAdvisor called the “Top 10 U.S. Pizza Cities”, San Diego came in number 8 due to three must-try pizzerias in the city – and Pizza Port on Cable Street was one of the three.

The other 2 from San Diego were BASIC Urban Kitchen + Bar in East Village, Buona Forchetta in South Park

The other top ten cities on the list released Wednesday, July 29, included …

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Poll: 3 Out of 4 Say Hold Design Contest for New OB Planning Board Logo

July 28, 2015 by Staff
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The OB Rag ran a poll on whether locals wanted the Ocean Beach Planning Board to hold a design contest, after the current Board changed the one that has been in use for 3 to 4 decades. The change came about at the request of the guy who designed the original OB seagull decal, Bob Sorben.

Nearly three out of every 4 respondents voted to have the design contest. 73% of those who took the poll answered ‘yes’ to the survey question:

The OB Planning Board recently changed their logo without public input. As an OBcean how do you feel about holding a design contest for a new image?

Eleven per cent said ‘no’. 14% replied that they lived in OB and didn’t care. A 1% said they lived outside OB and didn’t care.

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12 Unit Apartment Complex on Saratoga Sells for $3.3 Million

July 20, 2015 by Staff
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Another apartment complex in Ocean Beach has been sold. A 12-unit complex at 4878-4882 Saratoga Ave just exchanged hands earlier this month for $3.3 million cash.

It joins a recent rash of apartment sell-offs that have hit OB over the last months and years, particularly in northwest OB. Here’s what we wrote in April:

According to a review of OB Rag records, there’s been an unprecedented sell-off of apartments in Ocean Beach over the last 4 years. This has included the transfer of nearly $38 millions and involving nearly 160 units.

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Book Sale by Friends of OB Library – Sat., July 18

July 16, 2015 by Staff
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It’s that time again – think books.

Yup, the Ocean Beach Friends of the Library are having a Book Sale on Saturday, July 18, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

They’re also looking for volunteers to help them sort through all their books and materials which they’ll do on Friday, July 17, from 12:30 until 2:30 or so.

And if you would like to donate (gently) used books, DVD’s, CD’s, videos, and/or tapes, please bring them to the library by Friday afternoon.

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Coverage of Comic-Con By Out-of-Town Media

July 9, 2015 by Staff
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It’s always interesting to get another perspective on one of San Diego’s most iconic events, the annual Comic-Con, which started yesterday, July 8th, and of course continues for days.

So, here’s a sampling of out-of-town media coverage of San Diego’s giant cultural bash:

COME INSIDE FOR MORE

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News From Around Ocean Beach

July 7, 2015 by Staff
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OBcean Lives Off the Grid

Local Kids’ Recipes Chosen in School District Contest

Trash is down this year due to Mallow Out campaign; Volunteers picked up 2,140 pounds of trash on “Day After”

OB Friends of the Library Meet Tues, July 14

OB Historical Society Presents: Newport Ave.-Thru-The-Decades – July 16th

Coast-to-Coast Run Ends in OB
Another Officer Shooting With No Body Camera
Hula Hoop Dance Instructor Got Start in OB
Background on Pizza Port
Future Lifeguards Did the Plunge

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Councilwoman Lorie Zapf Main Event at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Meeting

July 7, 2015 by Staff
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Councilwoman On Hand to Announce Funding for 2 Park Rangers for Area

By Lois Lane

When the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Advisory Committee held their July 6th meeting, District 2 Councilwoman Lorie Zapf was the main event. Elected more than a year ago, she stated she had “waited until she had good news” to visit us.

Before 25 attendees, Zapf announced the addition of two park rangers for the park from the recently-approved City of San Diego budget. One ranger will cover Ocean Beach and Sunset Cliffs; the other will be assigned across all city beach parks.

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Mallow Out Wins Again in Ocean Beach on July 4th

July 6, 2015 by Staff

OB Mallow Out 2015 +From OB Town Council.

Here’s photos comparing Saturday, July 4th this year with what it all looked like in 2013, 2 years ago.

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Four-Unit Muir Apartment in Ocean Beach Sold for $1 Million

June 25, 2015 by Staff
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A 4-unit apartment at 4649-4655 Muir Avenue was just sold for $1.06 million.

Built in 1951, the 4 units have between them 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, and stands on a 5,000-squareófoot lot (assessor’s parcel 448-531-04). Presently, they include 2,246 square feet together.

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Getting Into the Spirit of OB Street Fairs – Looking Back at the Street Fair of 2009

June 24, 2015 by Staff
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We’re getting into the swing of things like street fairs and chili cook-offs. In an effort to get into the spirit of this weekend’s OB Street Fair of 2015, we decided to conjure up the spirits of a Street Fair of yesteryear, the 2009 annual OB festival down Newport.

Six years ago, the OB Rag – in conjunction with the OB Mainstreet Association, published a series of articles about different aspects of the yearly tradition, giving extensive coverage to the musicians, the street vendors, the trolley, the chili cook-off, and where all the money came from and went.

Plus some history – was the OB Street Fair of 2009 the 30th as was officially claimed or was it the 28th as one of the founders of the tradition claimed?

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OB Town Council Takes on The Drought – Meets Wed., June 24

June 23, 2015 by Staff
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The Ocean Beach Town Council is taking on The Drought at their next public meeting, this Wednesday, June 24th.

The OBTC wants the village to focus on the drought and does OB respond to it as a community and as a collection of individuals. In their newsletter, the OBTC states:

California’s drought is on everyone’s mind – from ‘drip pinching’ to help your pocket book, to being part of an eco-H2O savvy community, to joining the ‘dirty car club’ – we’ll all trying to do our part. Join us to learn about community and individual solutions to the drought!

They’ve assembled a panel of speakers for the meeting, due to begin at at 7pm at the Masonic Hall, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd – and they include: …

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6-Unit OB Apartment on Long Branch Sold for $1.2 Million

June 15, 2015 by Staff
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A six-unit apartment on Long Branch – less than a half block from the beach – has been sold for $1.2 million. Built in 1963, the two-story complex at 5163 Long Branch Avenue has 3 studio apartments, one 1-bedroom unit and two 2-bedroom apartments.

The current building is on a 4,000 square foot lot and includes 3,439 square feet of rentable space (assessor’s parcel 448-033-29). The building is vacant as the new owner plans on doing a substantial rehab job.

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Former Congressman Jim Bates Re-enacts Mid-Night Ride of Paul Revere – Sat., June 13

June 12, 2015 by Staff

It’s true. Former Congressman Jim Bates is making his comeback as the ghost of Paul Revere. Bates is actually re-enacting Revere’s midnight ride this Saturday night, June 13th at – of all times – midnight.

He’ll be on a horse calling for a need for the country to mobilize a large scale effort to get the nation off fossil fuels, a type activists call “a U.S. government World War II-scale Mobilization to transition the U.S. from fossil fuels to conservation and safe, clean wind, water and solar renewable energy.”

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Speaking Up on Policing the Police – City Council Today at 6pm

June 11, 2015 by Staff

A San Diego coalition of activist groups believes it is time for police reform – mainly by strengthening the Community Review Board on Police Practices.

The coalition has issued a call for people to attend tonight’s – Thursday, June 11th- City Council hearing to demand reform. The hearing starts at 6pm in Council Chambers – 202 “C” Street, 12th Floor.

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Busy OB on Sat., June 6th: Community Clean-Up and First Responders’ Picnic

June 8, 2015 by Staff
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Saturday, June 6th, was a busy day in OB.

First there was the community clean-up, organized by CSI-OB (Cleaner Streets Initiative). Volunteers emerged and filled lots of bags with trash.

Greg Crowley, one of the co-heads of CSI-OB, was on hand lending both his hands and feet too. Then, the First Responders’ Picnic was held …

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Orchard Street Leak Fixed

June 8, 2015 by Staff
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The water leak around Orchard and Froude that we reported on last week, has been fixed by the City.

Local residents are happy about the speedy attention the leak received – once it was published here, in the OB Rag.

City crews came out on Friday, June 5th to make the repairs.

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“Empty the Tanks” Campaign to Hit San Diego’s SeaWorld this Weekend

June 5, 2015 by Staff
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Animal rights activists from throughout Southern California will gather in San Diego this weekend in a kick-off for a world-wide campaign called “Empty the Tanks” with demonstrations against SeaWorld.

The main demonstration is on Saturday, June 6th outside SeaWorld from 10am to 1pm, at the intersection of SeaWorld Drive and SeaWorld Way. The goal is to advocate for marine mammals held captive worldwide for entertainment and profit.

One of the orcas at the center of this campaign is Corky, a female who has been at SeaWorld for 25 years and another 20 years at the former Marineland of the Pacific.

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An OB Activist’s Calendar for June

June 4, 2015 by Staff
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June 20th Saturday 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. International Surfing Day Veteran’s Plaza at the end of Newport Ave ( From 6 – 8 Surfrider Foundation with FM 94.9

June 26th Friday 7:00 p.m. – 11 p.m. Critical Mass Balboa Park at the Big Fountain

June 27th – SaturdayThe 36th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival 4800 – 5000 blocks of Newport Ave; @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm –

…. And there’s more ….

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Poll: 87% Support Legalization of Pot

June 4, 2015 by Staff
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In the latest OB Rag poll of our readers on if they supported the legalization of recreational marijuana, an overwhelming 87% responded that they did.

In contrast, nearly 11 and a half percent were opposed to its legalization. One percent replied they didn’t know or had no opinion. No one responded that it was improper or immoral.

The legalization proponents in this poll were split between those who smoked it – 47.1% – and those who didn’t – 40%.

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Leak on Orchard Street in OB Goes Unattended

June 4, 2015 by Staff
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Some residents in southern Ocean Beach are incensed.

They noticed a continuing leak somewhere in the vicinity of Orchard and Froude, which forms pools in the roadway.

So, respectful of the drought and the need to fix this, they called the City’s 24 hour Leak hotline and reported it.

That was on Thursday, May 28th.

But, as of today June 4th, it has not been repaired.

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Claim Filed Against City by Family of Man Fatally Shot by Police in Midway District

May 29, 2015 by Staff

Channel 10News has broken the story that a claim against the City of San Diego has been made by the family of the man fatally shot by police in the Midway District at the end of April. The claim alleges that the police officer involved used excessive and unreasonable force, violating the civil rights of Fridoon Rawshan Nehad, the victim.

Nehad was shot by Officer Neal N. Browder in the alley outside an adult bookstore near Rosecrans Blvd. on April 30th.

The claim calls for the city to compensate Nehad’s estate and his parents for damages in an amount of $20 million. A claim such as this is the first step in a lawsuit.

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Decomposed Body of Woman Found Near Ocean Beach Pier

May 29, 2015 by Staff
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The badly decomposed body of a woman was pulled from the ocean about 100 yards west of the Ocean Beach Pier, near the end of Niagara Avenue on Thursday afternoon. The body was found inside the surf line, and brought it to shore,

Rescuers believe the body was in the water for at least a day and probably more. San Diego Fire-Rescue Departmen Capt. Joe Amador told the media that the body had been in the water “for quite some time,” and was beyond recognition.

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OB Town Council Meets Tonight, Wed., May 27th

May 27, 2015 by Staff

The regular monthly public meeting of the OB Town Council is being held tonight, Wed., May 27th. It will be at the Masonic Center, at 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, and begins at 7pm.

The featured speakers include concerned citizens who have asked the OBTC to consider a resolution on “U-T San Diego Local Community Values” advertising circulars that are wrapped in plastic bags and thrown onto the sidewalks, gutters, and streets of Ocean Beach every Friday.

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Hit and Run Against OB Street Light

May 26, 2015 by Staff
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Something hit this light pole – demolishing it over the Memorial Day weekend.

A reader who sent the photo stated:

A conversion van hit this light pole by the fire station around midnight and fled the scene. it is leaking oil and radiator fluid and probably has a big chunk of concrete in the front bumper.

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Possible Showdown Over Canon Street and Catalina at Peninsula Planners Meeting – Tonight, May 21

May 21, 2015 by Staff

Some Point Loma residents who’ve been pushing for changes to the intersection of Canon and Catalina expect a showdown with city planners at tonight’s Peninsula Community Planning Board meeting.

This all follows a fatal accident at that intersection and its crosswalk where a 7-month-old girl was killed back in March.

Residents of the area have known about the dangers latent at that junction and have lobbied city planners with a proposal to redesign the intersection into a residents-only street. Planners have told them that this will take years and only wish to make minor adjustments. The residents believe this is what planners will say tonight at the meeting, and have urged their neighbors and supporters to attend the Point Loma planners’ meeting.

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Three Ocean Beach Restaurants Join Campaign Against Plastic

May 21, 2015 by Staff
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Three restaurants in Ocean Beach have joined a city-wide campaign against plastic containers.

The Lazy Hummingbird Cafe, Raglan Public House and Wonderland Ocean Pub are part of the campaign that has at the moment 16 San Diego restaurants pledging to eliminate plastic containers in exchange for paper. Each one will have a special sticker outside their store to show they have made the switch.

The other restaurants include: …

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San Diego vs. Monsanto – Protest March on Sat., City and Port Sue for Polluting Bay, and Chipotle Bans GMOs

May 21, 2015 by Staff
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The City of San Diego is gearing up against Monsanto, the giant corporate producer of such products as Roundup and the star of the GMO world. There is a lot going on in this town around Monsanto.

First, there is a march and rally scheduled for Saturday, May 23, 2015 starting at 10 a.m. in Balboa Park. Organizers expect a large turnout and heavy media coverage this year due to the World Health Organization announcement that Monsanto’s Roundup is carcinogenic.

Second, the City of San Diego and the San Diego Port District are suing Monsanto for polluting San Diego Bay with PCBs.

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Deadline for Entry into Annual Ocean Beach Photo Contest is May 20th

May 20, 2015 by Staff
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The annual Ocean Beach Historical Society’s OB EXPOSED! – their exhibit and contest – will be held on Friday, May 22th, at 6:00-8:30 pm at the Masonic Center, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., in OB.

The event is labeled the “Photographic Impressions of Ocean Beach & Point Loma”, and the 2015 OB Exposed! has new and exciting additions… including an opportunity drawing for great prizes from local venders and a larger historical photo display.And it’s all free – including refreshments!

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OB Rag’s Week-End Sedition News From Ocean Beach and Point Loma

May 16, 2015 by Staff
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Here’s the OB Rag’s “Weekend Sedition” – a round-up of local Ocean Beach and Point Loma news and notes .

*Memorial for Anne Gillin was held on Sat., May 16
* City Atty Office Ordered 10 Medical Pot Dispensaries to Close – Including 1 in OB
*Colony of Cats Fed by OB Joggers and Bikers
*Collier Park Tree Removed after falling
*March vs Monsanto – May 23
*Plum Street House in Perpetual Remodel Under Ultimatum
*Carlsbad May Have Won Fight Against Power Plant
*Overweight, the San Salvador Replica Postpones Official Launch
*Crime report – 52 Crimes 4/24/2015 – 5/3/2015
John Noble of Coastal Sage Adopts a Plot in Balboa Park
*Point Loma Nazarene Extends Nursing Program

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