OB Historical Society – Meet Maggie Espinosa : Traveler Journalist & Author – Thurs., Jan. 19th

January 16, 2017 by Staff

Thursday, January 19, 7 pm
Ocean Beach Historical Society Program
Thursday, January 19, 7 pm
at P.L. United Methodist Church, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B.

Maggie Espinosa

Traveler Journalist & Author

Maggie Espinosa embarked on an 800-mile walk to visit California’s 21 missions from San Diego to Sonoma along the El Camino Real. What ensued was the journey of a lifetime to become the 11th person to complete this sojourn.

Maggie Espinosa is a Travel Journalist. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and NATJA Silver & Bronze Award Winner. She was also the San Diego San Diego Press Club president during 2013 & 2014.

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OB Planning Board Meets – Wed., Jan. 18th

January 16, 2017 by Staff
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Here’s the official agenda for the January meeting of the OB Planning Board. (Normally, they meet on the first Wednesday but this month had to postpone it.)

The Board meets at the OB Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue, and at 6pm sharp.

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San Diego Protests During Trump Inauguration Weekend

January 6, 2017 by Staff

There are now seven events being planned in response to the upcoming inauguration of Donald Trump as President. They include 4 events on Friday, the 20th and two on the 21st. Plus there is a group of artists doing street theatre. And the folks who organized the “OB Sez No to Trump” rally late last year are attempting to mobilize an Ocean Beach contingent on both days.

PROTESTS ON JANUARY 20TH

Protest Inauguration Day and Fight Trump – San Diego Alliance for Justice
Friday, January 20, 10:30am
San Diego City College
1313 Park Blvd
For More Information

This is a call by to mobilize against the bigot, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, sexist, Trump and everything he stands for. On inauguration day the people of San Diego will unite and fight! We will send our message loud and clear to those at the top: We Reject the President Elect!

Daytime Rally: We gather at City College at 10:30am, speakers start at 11:00am. We march to the Federal Building to rally at 12:00 Noon!

Evening Rally: We join with allies from Unión del Barrio to protest at Chicano Park 5pm-9pm. There will be a march in a loop back to the park. A contingent will stay in the park during the march to welcome fellow protesters as they get off work.

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January OB Planning Board Meeting Re-scheduled for Jan. 18th

January 4, 2017 by Staff

The January 2017 monthly meeting of the Ocean Beach Planning Board has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 18th. Usually the Board meets the first Wednesday of each month.

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Well Known OBcean “G-Rock” Badly Injured in Vehicle-Pedestrian Accident Christmas Night

December 29, 2016 by Staff
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A well known Ocean Beach man – who goes by his nickname “G-Rock” – was badly injured Christmas night in a vehicle-pedestrian accident; he’s currently hospitalized but is expected to recover.

Police reported that “G-Rock” was hit by a car at Ebers Street and Voltaire Street in Ocean Beach. It was determined by police that drugs or alcohol were not involved.

G-Rock’s name is Glyn Abraham Franks, according to a cousin, who contacted the OB Rag looking for any information about what happened. (Media called him “Glen”.) Franks is mentally challenged but has lots of friends in the community, as he was born and raised in OB.

He’s also an aide to his dad, Glyn Franks of 2nd Chances, Bread of Life food distribution.

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General Health Advisory Issued for Ocean Beach and All County Beaches and Bays

December 23, 2016 by Staff

Swimming, Surfing and Diving Need to Be Avoided for 72 Hours After Rainfall

The San Diego County Department of Environmental Health has issued a General Advisory for the all coastal waters and beaches – including Ocean Beach, Sunset Cliffs, Mission Beach, Mission Bay and Pacific Beach – due to all the substantial recent rainfall. It also includes San Diego Bay and all all coastal beaches.

Swimmers, surfers, and other ocean users are warned that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers, and lagoon outlets that discharge urban runoff.

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More News from Point Loma and OB

December 20, 2016 by Staff
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SWAT Action on Coronado Ave.

An incident at a Point Loma-area home Monday prompted a police SWAT response,

OB Neighbors Replace Stolen 90-Year Old’s Bike

Days after thieves stole the bicycle of a 90-year-old retired doctor, his neighbors came together to give him a new bike.

Arrest in Hit and Run that Injured 2 Pedestrians in Midway

A 21-year-old man arrested early Sunday, Dec. 18, is accused of seriously injuring two pedestrians in a hit-and-run crash in the Midway Area.

Point Lomans Want to Barricade City’s Proposed Chain-Link Fence Design for Nimitz Bridge

Whether one calls it the Nimitz Blvd. Bridge or the Voltaire Street bridge, the concrete span that passes over Nimitz Boulevard on the 3900 block of Voltaire Street between Wabaska Drive and Sea Colony Court, has found itself in a bit of a controversy.

Old Warhead Found in Point Loma Home Under Construction

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department’s bomb squad investigated what appeared to be a military ordinance that was found in Point Loma Saturday afternoon.

YOU HAVE TO COME INSIDE FOR THE STORIES

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Monday, Dec. 19th: Monitoring the Electoral College Vote

December 19, 2016 by Staff

We will be monitoring the Presidential Electoral College Vote as it progresses through today, Monday, December 19th, through the states and time zones.

As per the Constitution, electors in 50 states (plus the District of Columbia) will meet today to cast their votes and choose the next president of the United States. If the electors vote the way their states did, Donald Trump will win the presidency with 306 Electoral College votes to Hillary Clinton’s 232.
Trump must win 270 to win the election.
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4:49 pm PST Final count: Donald Trump has 304 votes; Hillary Clinton has 227 votes; 7 votes went to others.
4:42 PM PST Hawaii cast 3 votes for Hillary Clinton and 1 vote for Bernie Sanders.
Dec 19, 2016 1:30 PM PST Donald Trump has been elected president as he passes 270 Electoral votes. Texas cast all but 2 of their 38 Electoral votes for Donald Trump.
COME INSIDE FOR THE LATEST

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The Ocean Beach Holiday Food & Toy Drive Needs You – All this Week

December 12, 2016 by Staff

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It’s that week of the holidays where the Ocean Beach Town Council has geared up is Annual Food & Toy Drive – and they need you to volunteer. It all begins Monday night – the 12th of December.

The Town Council has a big goal this year to feed and provide presents for over 90 local families and seniors. And they need your help to get the job done! Stop by and lend a hand sorting food and wrapping gifts.

They hope that you will join them us on one or more of the following dates – and it all takes place at the Masonic Center, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.

Here is the schedule:

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Support Grows for Ocean Beach Christmas Tree that Leans to the Left

December 8, 2016 by Staff

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Claudia Peters Jack, the unofficial “Mayor of OB”, explained the bend in OB’s left-leaning Christmas Tree at the very foot of Newport Avenue as natural, and added:

“It was on Worden Street growing next to another tree through the same trunk. The tree [was] very healthy when it was cut.”

She was quoted from a facebook comment in a cute article by Ken Stone of Times of San Diego entitled, “Obecians Stick Up for Left-Leaning Yule Tree: ‘Let It Be, Let It Be’ “

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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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