Thur. April 17 : The Ocean Beach Woman’s Club Turns 90!

April 17, 2014 by Staff

Come celebrate with the OB Woman’s Club as they enjoy the 90th anniversary of the Club.

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Thur. April 17 The Ocean Beach Woman’s Club Turns 90!

Ocean Beach Historical Society Presents:

The Ocean Beach Woman’s Club Turns 90!

Come Celebrate the Women of O.B. and their Fabulous History

— at P.L. United Methodist Church, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., OB

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OB Planning Review Committee to Look at 4626 Cape May Proposal

April 15, 2014 by Staff
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Wednesday night, the 16th of April at 6pm, the Project Review Committee will meet and begin a discussion of a proposal for 4626 Cape May Avenue. The reviewers, a sub-committee of the official OB Planning Board, meet at the OB Rec Center, located at 4726 Santa Monica Avenue.

For the only action item on the agenda, the owner-applicant is proposing to build a new residence over an existing garage. This is the Brito Residence – and they wish to maintain the front 1298 square foot residence, and construct a new residence with 1220 square feet over the detached garage, which is 704 square feet.

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Total Lunar Eclipse Tonight – Monday, April 14

April 14, 2014 by Staff
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Oh, my, it’s clear today, and a Santa Ana wind is supposed to make it warm and dry tonight!!!

Look to the East tonight to see a phenomenal Total Lunar Eclipse.

Visible throughout North America, it begins at 10 PM Pacific Time, or an hour or two earlier if you are further East.

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News From Around Ocean Beach, Point Loma and Local Beaches

April 10, 2014 by Staff
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Toddler girl recovering after being bitten in face by dog on Newport Ave

A toddler is recovering at Rady Children’s Hospital after being bitten in the face by a dog in Ocean Beach on Saturday, April 5. The 22-month old girl was walking on the sidewalk with her mom when she walked over to the dog. She knelt down in the dog’s direction and the dog lunged at the girl and bit her, knocking her to the ground. Police, firefighters and animal control responded. The owner was cited, but the dog was not taken away. The child remains hospitalized Sunday in stable condition. She is expected to be OK.

The child is the daughter of Daniel Bille. (Daniel is the same one who posted a rant recently about dealing with bad neighbors in a good neighborhood.) Daniel reports: …

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Ernie McCray: Speaking Straight from the Heart

April 7, 2014 by Staff

Ernie McCray Unsung Hero

Recipient of the Phi Delta Kappa Unsung Hero Award

By Staff

On April 3, Ernie McCray was honored by the San Diego Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, an international association for professional educators. The Kappan awards bestowed earlier in the evening were for individuals and organizations that have made a substantive difference for those wishing to become educators and for children within the school system.

Ernie’s award came later in the evening, after the recognition of Partner in Education, Educator of the Year, and Leadership. Those of us who know Ernie would be hard pressed to sum up his presence and contributions in just one category– he is known by thousands of students, parents and colleagues as an extraordinary educator; he has been a tireless advocate for peace and justice in the streets and in our schools; you can find him from time to time on a stage, acting and reading his poetry; and he has a following on the San Diego Free Press and OB Rag where he contributes essays and poetry. Unsung Hero is a pretty good fit and that was his award designation.

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News Round-Up for OB, Beaches and Peninsula

April 3, 2014 by Staff
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District 2 Appointment Decision Moved Up to April 7

Chet Barfield – rep for the currently vacant District 2 Council seat – announced at recent community meetings that the appointment decision on who replaces Kevin Faulconer for the remainder of his term has been moved up. The new date is now April 7 – …

Steer clear of the ocean directly following rainfall

The County’s Department of Environmental Health Wednesday issued a general advisory to beachgoers to stay out of the water for the next 72 hours due to the recent rainfall. …

April Calendar for OB

    San Diego Soliciting Bids for Improvement Mission Beach Lifeguard Station While OB’s Older Lifeguard Station Is Ignored ….

    And much more ….

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OB Planning Board Agenda for April 2, 2014

March 31, 2014 by Staff

Here is the agenda for the Ocean Beach Planning Board April meeting. The Board meets in the meeting room of the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica, at 6pm sharp.

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Ten-Unit Apartment Complex on 5000 Cape May Sells for $2.8 Million

March 26, 2014 by Staff
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A ten unit apartment complex in the mid-5000 block of Cape May Avenue in Ocean Beach was just sold for $2.8 million.

Morena Properties Inc. bought the property at 5058-5072 Cape May Ave. (assessor’s parcel 448-102-04) from Kerry Sean McLoughlin. The development was initially constructed in 1951 on a 14,000 square foot lot.

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OB Town Council to Hold City Council Election Debate – Wed., March 26

March 25, 2014 by Staff
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The Ocean Beach Town Council is inviting the community to a debate and community dialogue on Wednesday, March 26th regarding the City Council election that is taking place on June 3, 2014 for District 2.

Each participant will have 3 minutes of introductory remarks followed by 15-20 minutes of ‘debate’ wherein questions are asked by our audience community members of the candidates.

  • Sarah Boot, Candidate
  • Jim Morrison, Candidate
  • Mark Schwartz, Candidate
  • Sara Kamiab, Campaign Manager for Lorie Zapf
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    Really Beachy-Keen News Around OB

    March 24, 2014 by Staff
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    Annual Wisteria Party: A ‘Who’s Who in OB’

    It was a virtual “who’s who” at this weekend’s Annual Wisteria Garden Party held by the OB Historical Society. ….

    The Old Dover Is Gone as Construction Nears for Sunset Plaza

    Yup, the old Dover building is now gone – near the intersection of Voltaire and Sunset Cliffs Blvd.

    Mission Beach Celebrates One Hundred Years

    In 1923 neighbors were scarce. So were roads, indoor plumbing and electricity.

    Knife Attack on Host by Party Crashers in Mission Beach

    A Mission Beach man was stabbed early Sunday …

    Car Plunges Into Mission Bay

    That Time SeaWorld Tried to Slash Its Rent by 70 Percent

    A decade ago, SeaWorld asked for something most renters can only dream of: A roughly 70 percent reduction in its annual

    Daily Transcript Continues Mainstream Media History of Not Knowing Where Ocean Beach Is

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    Book Sale by Friends of OB Library – Sat., March 22

    March 21, 2014 by Staff
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    The Friends of the Ocean Beach Library are hold a Book Sale on Saturday, March 22, 9:30 to 12:30.

    Please tell your friends and neighbors. Come and browse; it really feels like a party. If you have gently used books or audiovisual materials (CD’s, DVD’s, VideoTapes), please bring them to the Library by Friday afternoon.

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    Celebrate Spring at OB Historical Society’s Wisteria Garden Party – Mar. 22

    March 20, 2014 by Staff
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    Come Celebrate Spring and the Ocean Beach Historical Society’s 20th Anniversary at the Annual Wisteria Garden Party & Fundraiser.

    At the Ocean Beach Historical Society’s 20th Anniversary at

    the Annual WISTERIA GARDEN PARTY

    Sat., March 22, 1 PM

    at 4761 Niagara Ave., OB, 92107

    Spend the afternoon in the garden of a historic Wisteria Cottage under the largest wisteria canopy in Ocean Beach.

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    There is Still Time to Enroll in Covered California Health Insurance in San Diego

    March 20, 2014 by Staff

    The March 31st enrollment deadline for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is approaching. The state of California is handling the insurance exchange and enrollment through Covered California. According to the state’s enrollment statistics in February, San Diego has already surpassed its target, reaching 105% of its goal by the end of December.

    That doesn’t mean that everyone who is eligible has enrolled. Kaiser Permanente is hosting two events in San Diego, one on Saturday March 22 and the other on Saturday March 29 to assist people who want to enroll.

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    Six Unit Apartment on 4800 Block of Niagara Sold

    March 19, 2014 by Staff
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    A complex with 6 apartment units in two buildings was just sold on the 4800 block of Niagara Avenue in Ocean Beach.

    The units at 4866-4872 Niagara Ave. sold for $1.3 million, cash. The approximately 2,904-square-foot apartments consists of six bedrooms and six bathrooms.

    Constructed in 1942, the complex is on a 7,300-square-foot lot and includes four single-car garages.

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    Bicyclist on Midway in Hit and Run

    March 19, 2014 by Staff

    A bicyclist was injured in a hit and run car accident Monday night in the Midway District. That was March 17th. The unidentified rider was in the 3700 block of Midway Dr about 11 pm when he was struck from behind.

    Fleeing the scene, the driver left the 44 year old bicyclist with a head injury and dislocated shoulder. He was taken to a local hospital and is expected to recover.

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    Man Tries to Go Surfing in His Kia in OB

    March 17, 2014 by Staff
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    The big commotion in south OB on Sunday was caused by a guy who tried to go surfing in his car – a Kia.

    Actually, it appears that an unidentified male drove his car down that steep concrete path at the end of Orchard Avenue near Cable Street and through a guardrail into the Pacific. This was about 3:20 pm on Sunday, March 16.

    Surfers tried to get the guy out of his car as he was trapped initially.

    Finally, a helicopter from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department showed up, and performed the rescue, flying the driver to a local hospital, a fire dispatcher said.

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    News From Around Ocean Beach and Point Loma

    March 13, 2014 by Staff
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    Tidbits You May Have Missed

    Candidates File to Run in District 2

    OB, Point Loma, and much of PB and Mission Beach lie in San Diego City Council District 2. Because former council rep Faulconer has taken the mayor’s seat, there is a vacancy. The filing deadline for candidates is here and we now know who is running.

    Even though the election is supposedly “non-partisan”, what ever candidate receives an endorsement from the major parties definitely has an edge up on others seeking the seat. On the Democratic side, Sara Boot has received their stamp of approval. Boot is a federal prosecutor. The Republicans have endorsed Lori Zapf, …

    Jellyfish Invade Mission Bay …
    ….

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    Continued Sell-Off of Keen Family Trusts Ocean Beach Properties: 6 Unit Apartment on 5000 Block of Cape May Sold for $1.2 Million

    March 5, 2014 by Staff
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    The OB Rag has been following the recent sell-off of their Ocean Beach properties originally owned by the Keen family trusts. In a clear sign that this trend continues, more property was just sold on the 5000 block of Cape May Avenue.

    Six units at 5026-5032 Cape May Ave. were sold for $1.2 million, cash, to the Mills Family Trust, with Marcie L. Matassa trustee. Selling it was U.S. Bank, successor trustee of the Keen Family Declaration of Trust No. One.

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    Little League Coach Prevents Bizarre Kidnap Attempt at Robb Field – Suspect Arrested

    March 5, 2014 by Staff
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    A story is emerging that on Feb. 20th, a little league coach at Robb Field prevented a very bizarre kidnapping attempt of a 7-year boy by a man who was later arrested by police.

    Coach Scott Hedenkamp is reported to have placed his body in between the boy and a man later identified as Jarrod West to prevent West from grabbing the boy. The incident occurred during little league practice at the OB park.

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    Man Who Sexually Assaulted Two Women in Ocean Beach Agrees to 30 Years

    March 4, 2014 by Staff

    The man who committed sexual assaults against two women in OB pleaded guilty on Monday, March 3rd, and agreed to be sentenced to 30 years in state prison.

    On the day he was to go to trial, Richard C Butts, 26, plead guilty to to one count of oral copulation with a kidnapping allegation and one count of forcible rape with a multiple victim allegation. He’ll be formally sentenced April 17th.

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    Large Swells Expected Tuesday Through Wednesday Afternoon

    March 4, 2014 by Staff
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    Surfs up! Hey, large swells are coming to local beaches and they’re expected from 2 p.m. today – Tuesday, to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 5th. Five to 8-foot surf is predicted with sets to 10 feet.

    A large long-period west-to-northwest swell is approaching SoCal.

    The National Weather Service has scheduled a high surf advisory for local and County beaches during those hours, which means above average waves are coming, bringing rip currents and beach erosion.

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    Candidates’ Forum at Meeting of OB Planning Board – March 5th

    March 3, 2014 by Staff
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    Also on Agenda : 4766 Brighton Project

    The OB Planning Board will be hosting a “Candidates’ Forum” at its monthly meeting this Wed., March 5th. This will give candidates for the Board running for the March 11 election a chance to address the community.

    The Board meeting will start at 6pm sharp and is held in the meeting room at the OB Rec Center, 4826 Santa Monica Ave. on this Wednesday. Scheduled for 7pm, the Candidates Forum may be especially important as a number of people are running as “write-in” candidates, individuals not on the official ballot.

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    OB Kite Festival Postponed to May Due to Rain Forecast

    February 25, 2014 by Staff
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    After 66 years, Mother Nature finally caught up with the Ocean Beach Kite Festival.

    Because of the forecast of rain this weekend, the Kite Festival has been rescheduled. It will take place on Saturday, May 10 instead of the planned March 1.

    The rescheduled event will still feature free kite making for kids, including instructions and all materials. There will also be carnival rides, a craft fair, music, food, and spectacular demonstrations by professional kite flyers.

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    Bikes & Beers: Promoting Bike Friendly Neighborhoods and San Diego’s Craft Brews

    February 25, 2014 by Staff

    bikes and beersJohn P. Anderson is an occasional contributor both to the OB Rag and the San Diego Free Press. Just recently, Anderson has joined up with other enthusiasts to start what they hope will be an annual trek through our city’s bike-friendly neighborhoods combined with visits to craft brewers along the way.

    They’ve dubbed it Bikes & Beers SD, plotting out a 26-mile bicycling course taking participants through many of San Diego’s most dynamic urban neighborhoods and to some of the region’s most beautiful natural sights. The inaugural event will take place …

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    OB Town Council Sponsors Panel and Dialogue on Bike Advocay and Planning – Wed., Feb. 26

    February 24, 2014 by Staff
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    The Ocean Beach Town Council is hosting what they hope will be a community dialogue on bike advocacy and planning and they are presenting a panel of experts to kick start this dialogue this Wednesday, Feb. 26th, at the Masonic Center.

    The meeting of the Town Council starts at 7:00pm and the Masonic Center located at 1711 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard.

    Tackling a range of regional and local bicycle issues, the panel of experts includes:

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    Project on 4700 Block of Brighton Up for Review at OB Planning Board – Wed., Feb. 19th

    February 19, 2014 by Staff
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    The Project Review Committee, a sub-committee of the OB Planning Board, will be reviewing a project on the 4700 block of Brighton Avenue at their meeting Wed., Feb. 19th.

    Taking up the only item on the agenda, the unnamed applicant is seeking approval from the Planning Board for a project located at 4766 Brighton Avenue: to take down an older one story house on a large lot and construct two 2-story houses.

    This is the first step in a 2-step process, where the applicant first appears at the review committee, which takes a vote of approval or denial; the project then goes before the full Board for a final decision. The next full Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 5.

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    OB Rag Editordude Kicked Off Library Lawn

    February 13, 2014 by Staff
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    UPDATE: Area Manager Calls to Apologize

    FRIDAY: The San Diego Library Area Manager just called Frank Gormlie and apologized for what happened on Wednesday. Bob Cronk personally thanked Gormlie for his and the OB Rag’s support of the library over the years and said on behalf of the staff, he was sorry. He had seen the article in the Rag – thanks to Matt Beatty – and had taken serious note of the situation.

    Bob did note that the library staff had just had a week or so ago a very ugly incident where an inebriated guy caused a scene and some damage. … (More update inside …)
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    A funny thing happened to the OB Rag Editordude yesterday as he sat on the green grassy lawn of the Ocean Beach Library reading a magazine, sipping from a coffee cup and waiting for a ride home.
    He was kicked off.

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    More Keen Family Trust Property Is Sold – This Time It’s 7 Cottages on 5000-Block of Voltaire

    February 13, 2014 by Staff

    Once again, the Keen Family Trust is in the news, having more of its Ocean Beach property sold off, via successor trusts.

    This time, it’s 7 one-story detached cottages and five garages on the 5000 block of Voltaire Street. They include four 2,500-square-foot lots. Each cottage has its own front yard. They sold for $1.25 million in cash. Buying the units at 5073-5085 Voltaire was Voltaire Investments LLC, 1203 Activity Drive, Vista 92081.

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    Point Loma’s Seamus O’Connor Rides for the Irish at the Olympics

    February 12, 2014 by Staff
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    Sure, Point Loma can claim Seamus O’Connor – he lives there. But the 16 year competed for Ireland on his snowboard at the Winter Olympics.

    Here’s what the local can now claim:

    • He just competed at an Olympics,
    • He was the youngest entrant in slopestyle, the second youngest in halfpipe.
    • He wore lime green ski pants. His parents held up a hand-written “Go Seamus” sign and waved Irish flags.
    • He reached the semifinals in both events.
    • He was born in Poway.
    • His father grew up in England.
    • His mother is from Siberia.

    O’Connor was amazing; he almost landed a frontside 1260 on the last jump pass in the semifinal run but then he spun out at the bottom of the halfpipe. He had been fourth after the first semifinal run but hit ninth at the end, losing out in doing anything like advancing. Only 6 could advance.

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    Teen Beaten and Robbed of Car by Group at Sunset Cliffs Saturday Night

    February 10, 2014 by Staff
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    A young man of high school age was beaten up and robbed of his car on Saturday night, Feb. 8th. The unidentified 17 year old was sitting in his car near Sunset Cliffs on Ladera Street, when around 8 pm a group of people – all in their 20′s – walked up to the car and began assaulting him.

    The group, reportedly made up of about 5 or 6 men and 2 women, came up to the teen’s location and without explanation, 2 of the guys got into the 1998 BMW and started rummaging through his private stuff. The teen began to drive off as he tried to push the men out, but instead they beat on him until he stopped the car.

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